As a Red Cross delegate, Marte Ness is leading drinking water projects in villages in Belize that were hard hit by Hurricane Dean.
Hurricane Dean resulted in power cuts in most of Belize, but fortunately no deaths or serious injuries were reported. It may take long time before the electricity supply returns, and several communities have lost access to water. Marte Ness will be responsible for water cleansing and sanitation.
“Although we have to have the immediate needs in focus, my task is also to help identify future disaster preparedness activities in order to make people less vulnerable to hurricanes,” she says.
DNV pays her salary while she is away as part of its Red Cross partnership.
Date: 25 October 2007